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Where: Mount Collins is the third-largest point of land (412 meters) on Bowen Island. It is located on the north east corner of the island.
What: A bushwhack. No view to speak of. Our GPS indicated the "peak" to be a small clump of scrubby pines with a bizarre tangle of netting and chicken wire with some partially-buried trash in green garbage bags underfoot.
Route type: Varied. Some wide, gravel trails. A bit of road. Some old logging road and a bushwhack.
Difficulty: Intermediate to expert. This based on the fact that there is no trail to the peak.
Getting there: The easiest and cheapest way to get to Bowen Island is by ferry from Horseshoe Bay in West Vancouver, BC, Canada. The ferry ride takes about 20 minutes.
Trip time: Budget 3 hours out and back from the ferry dock at Snug Cove. This assumes a moderate running pace, where running is possible, and some contingency for getting lost.
Safety: Recommend you bring your Baggers Companion. Cellular coverage is spotty. Fairly dense tree canopy, so GPS also hit-and-miss.
Route Overview: The trail to Mt. Collins is less traveled. There are apparently several possible ways to get there. We opted to access the peak via Honeymoon Lake because it appeared to allow the most running. Here's our route:
- from the ferry, take your first right at the library, then go left onto the Crippen Regional Park trail after about 50M
- nice gravel trail for about 3K. Follow signs to Killarney Lake. Follow left (west) side of the lake then go up to the road. Turn right (north west)
- stay on Mt. Gardner Road about 500M then go right onto Woods Road toward Grafton Bay.
- after about 500M, look for an overgrown logging road on your right. Jump over the ditch and heed the "no trespassing" sign
- follow this road up about 1K up to Honeymoon Lake. Note that the lake is a watershed.
- begin bushwhack. Go right (east) along the lake then up for about 2K. The "peak" is not obvious. Hopefully, you have a GPS. You have arrived if you find a spiderweb of netting.
- return via same route.
Submitted by: Davis Crerar and Ean Jackson.
Honeymoon Lake... a fine place to consumate ones' nuptuals.
Any thoughts on why the peak of Mt. Collins is marked with old fishing nets, chicken wire and trash?
Success! Baggermeister David bags his first peak of 2010.